2019 Fulbright Specialist Program Open for Submission of Project Requests

2019 Fulbright Specialist Program Open for Submission of Project Requests

For the Spring/Summer Term 2019, applications must be submitted via the World Learning portal by February 28, 2019. For the Fall/Winter Term 2019, applications must be submitted via the World Learning portal by April 30, 2019.

The Fulbright Specialist Program in Kosovo is open for Kosovo host institutions to submit project ideas for qualified U.S. scholars and professionals. The program awards grants for projects that will last between 14 and 42 days. Spring/Summer Term 2019 Projects cannot begin prior to June 1, 2019 and the projects for Fall/Winter Term 2019 cannot begin prior to September 1, 2019.

Program Overview

Program Description: The Fulbright Specialist Program, part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program is a field-driven initiative in which foreign host institutions conceptualize and design projects of interest within an eligible discipline that represent a priority for their respective organizations. These projects are then paired with a highly qualified U.S. academic or professional, who shares their expertise and assists with strengthening linkages between U.S. and foreign host institutions. FSP provides highly qualified U.S. academics and U.S. professionals (such as attorneys, business professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, economists, security experts, and public administration professionals) whose qualifications and experience are at the faculty or full professional-level, with an opportunity to share their expertise by carrying out projects requested by host institutions abroad.  Specialists exchange knowledge, build capacity, and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities both in the United States and overseas. FSP provides U.S. expertise and leadership while promoting long-term collaboration between U.S. and host country institutions through projects that align with Department of State goals and the priorities of foreign host institutions.

Through FSP projects, hosts invite U.S. academics and professionals to apply their knowledge and expertise to a number of activities designed by a host university, local nonprofit, government office, or other eligible institutions.  Project activities may include, but are not limited to:  teaching or training; developing curricula or teaching/educational materials; institutional planning; building capacity of faculty, administrators, or staff; delivering seminars or academic courses; and conducting needs assessments for programs or institutions.  While not required, recipients are encouraged to provide opportunities for Specialists to engage with the general public through activities such as public lectures or events sponsored by the host institution.

For 2019, the U.S. Embassy especially encourages projects for the following priority areas:

  • Business Administration and Job Creation
  • Cyber Security and IT
  • Media Literacy/Countering Disinformation
  • Public Administration
  • Natural Disaster Response
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics(STEM)

Implementing Partner:  World Learning is the cooperating organization that will implement the 2019 FSP.  World Learning maintains a web-based portal for project submission, review, and implementation.  It also manages a public FSP website, which provides information for host institutions and U.S. Specialist applicants, program history, overview of FSP processes, and blogs of program highlights.

Background: Eligible Host Institutions are Kosovo Host Institutions eligible to request Fulbright Specialists including, but are not limited to:  Academic institutions (universities, colleges, trade schools); government institutions (ministries); cultural institutions (museums, conservatories, theaters); non-governmental organizations (NGOs, think tanks), and public health-related institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals). Eligible fields include, but are not limited to: Agriculture, American (U.S.) Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology Education, Business Administration, Chemistry Education, Communications and Journalism, Economics, Education, Engineering Education, Environmental Science, Computer Science and Information Technology, Law, Library Science, Mathematics, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Physics Education, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban Planning.

Background: Ineligible Institutions are U.S. or U.S.-based institutions as well as profit-making companies and organizations such as businesses and corporations are ineligible to host Fulbright Specialists. Specialists also may not carry out personal research projects – they must carry out projects proposed by host institutions and approved by posts or commissions and ECA.

Note: Personal research projects, including clinical medical research or projects involving patient contact are not eligible for funding under the Fulbright Specialist Program.

Project Parameters

  • 2019 projects should have a start date no earlier than January 1, 2019, and must be completed by the close of 2020 (September 30, 2020). Projects with named Specialists will be approved by the U.S. Embassy at least three months prior to the start date, and projects without named Specialists should be submitted six to nine months prior to the project’s start date to ensure sufficient time to recruit qualified and available candidates.
  • The length of a Fulbright Specialist project must be a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 42 days in length, including travel days and weekends.
  • Projects are restricted to one country. All project activities must take place in the country requesting the project. If the project requests the Specialist to be in multiple locations, all locations must be in the same country.
  • Each project is limited to only one Fulbright Specialist grantee.
  • If a host institution would benefit by having the Fulbright Specialist visit the host institution more than once, host institutions may apply for their project to be Multi-Visit. A Multi-Visit project is one in which a Specialist conducts more than one visit to the host institution for the purpose of the necessary program evaluation or follow-up.  If a project is approved to be Multi-Visit, all visits must occur within a one-year period, which is calculated by adding 12 months from the initial start date of the first visit through the end date of the final visit.  A Multi-Visit project cannot include more than three visits in total, where each visit is a minimum of 14 days, and all visits combined do not exceed 42 days. Please note that Multi-Visit Projects must be counted for one fiscal year, and cannot be split over multiple fiscal years.
  • The host institution must submit the application to the post or Commission via the online project portal (https://worldlearning-community.force.com/FSPHost/). Once the post or Commission reviews the project submission, the post or Commission approves the submission via the online project portal.  Please note that approval of the project submission by the post or Commission does not guarantee final approval of the project by ECA. Following post approval, the relevant Fulbright Program Officer from the ECA/A/E Regional Branch will review the project request and, if approved, will submit to the FSP Program Officer for final ECA approval.  Incomplete proposals or proposals that lack sufficient detail will be “returned” through the system with a request for clarification.  This clarification is to be made through the system by the host institution.

Application Process for Host Institutions

Post or Fulbright Commission Reviews Proposal: The host institution must submit the application to the post via the online project portal (https://worldlearning-community.force.com/FSPHost/). Host institutions may email Fulbrightspecialist@worldlearning.org for assistance with the online portal.

After a project proposal is received, it will be reviewed by the U.S. Embassy Pristina. Only project proposals that are completed in their entirety will be reviewed. Please note that U.S. Embassy Pristina sometimes receives more project proposals from prospective host institutions than it is able to support with limited funding. Therefore, not all proposals submitted will be approved.

Identifying Fulbright Specialists

Host institutions are not required to identify U.S. academics or professionals to serve as their project’s Fulbright Specialist prior to submitting their project proposal. On the contrary, if a host institution’s project is approved, the program’s implementing partner, World Learning, will identify candidates on the Fulbright Specialist Roster whose professional experience, academic credentials and foreign language skills match the knowledge and skills articulated by the host institution in its project proposal as being critical to the project’s successful implementation.

Matching a Specialist with a Project: Specialists can be matched with projects through an open process, or they may be named by the host institution or U.S. Embassy.  In order to be eligible to carry out a FSP project, Specialists must first be named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster (Roster).  Admission to the Roster requires review by a peer review committee — an independent panel of scholars and professionals, which reviews applications approximately six times per year.  Approval by the peer review committee places individuals on the Specialist Roster, which makes them eligible to be matched with Specialist projects.  Final approval of candidates’ eligibility to receive a FSP grant is carried out by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) following a candidate’s match with a specific project. Full eligibility information and requirements can be found at https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/eligibility-specialists/

Role and Responsibilities of the Host Institutions

Host Institutions:  Local universities, government ministries, NGOs, think tanks or other not-for-profit institutions are requested to:

  • Follow country-specific processes or competition requirements and develop a project that fits the parameters of FSP.
  • Provide in-country cost share for the Specialist, including lodging, meals, and in-country transportation, either through monetary or in-kind contributions, throughout their full stay in country.
  • Provide secure, safe and comfortable housing for the Specialist.  Typical accommodations are hotels, university housing, and (if organized in consultation with the Specialist candidate and approved by them) approved home-stays with host institution staff or faculty.
  • Organize and provide funding or in-kind assistance for pick-up/drop-off at the airport.
  • Provide funding or in-kind assistance for all meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Typical options include stipends to provide opportunities for Specialists to go to local cafes or shop for groceries, university cafeterias, meals at a homestay, etc.  The funding must be calculated in USD.
  • Notify U.S. Embassy of any problems or concerns while the Specialist is carrying out his or her project.
  • Complete the final report survey.
  • Report to the post or Commission regarding a project’s impact or media coverage.

Website and Contact Information

For additional information please Visit the Fulbright Specialist website for a general program overview and highlights: https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/

Contact our implementing partner World Learning at Fulbrightspecialist@worldlearning.org for assistance with the project portal and application procedures, or for program materials.

Contact Information

Prospective host institutions should direct all questions to:

Remzije Potoku
Cultural Affairs Assistant – Education
Public Affairs Office
E-mail: KosovoEdExchange@state.gov
Phone: +383 38 5959 3749